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Shavarsh
Shavarsh Reader
4/21/21 12:02 p.m.

In reply to Lof8 - Andy :

No, its a pinto. Hopefully the same boost in braking confidence applies though!

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
4/27/21 7:47 p.m.

A few cool things recently.  Hit the St Pete Grand Prix with my Dad, brother, and nephew, Isaac. The Robby Gordon trucks are always the highlight of the show for me!


my dad is super "frugal."  I don't think he's bought himself a pair of shoes in about 20 years.  He just asks my brother and I to donate our old shoes to him.  Well this pair gave up the ghost while walking around the Grand Prix, lol!

our Lemons team got together at a Tampa brewery, where one of the members hosts a monthly car meet. We practiced and got pretty good at driver changes. There were some unique rides at the show. 


 

I did another Monday track day this week and got to put in some laps in the Lemons Civic. It felt pretty solid, so I feel good for the upcoming race. 
 

the e36 had its best day on track ever!  I've always struggled with my heel/toe technique but I watched some YouTube videos and realized my problem was my timing of the throttle blip. I had always blipped the gas a little too early. So after focusing on the timing for about 2 laps, it all came together.  It was a glorious moment and my fun level jumped up significantly!  The new tires, brakes, and down shifting technique combined for a 3 second drop in my best lap time at the Firm - pretty significant at that little track! It really felt great, without any weak points to address before it goes out next time!

and the last item of note is this hilariously ironic gold plated Harbor Freight ratchet.  I find it so ridiculous, I had to grab one!  It was the only one left at my local store. 

Petrolburner
Petrolburner Dork
5/1/21 9:34 p.m.

Cool!  How much was the ratchet?  I recently splurged on a Craftsman gun metal 3/8" drive ratchet with 120 teeth.  The action is so smooth and if you only have a few degrees to move the handle it still works.  

thashane
thashane GRM+ Memberand New Reader
5/1/21 10:46 p.m.

In reply to Lof8 - Andy :

Is the ratchet staying in the box, or going into service?

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/2/21 7:05 p.m.

The ratchet was $65. I plan to just keep it in the box as a conversation piece and display of ridiculousness.  They're listed on eBay for $100 or more but not sure if they're actually selling at that price. One day, I'll cash it in for early retirement. 

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/10/21 2:15 p.m.

The Lemons race was a huge success!  Our little civic ran perfectly for the entire weekend. It was incredibly predictable and easy to drive at the limit and quite fast!  I enjoyed it more than Champcar since the level of competition is a bit less crazy.  All of the guys on the team met through our local rallycross region and were great to be around the whole weekend.  We even had a couple of rallyx guys volunteer to hang out the whole time and be the fuel team for pitstops so that the drivers didn't have to worry about fueling.  Great dudes!

we cranked out consistent 3:00-3:10 laps and ended up in 11th out of 57 entries. The only casualty was a rear engine mount we changed at the end of day 1. Can't wait to do it again!

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/13/21 6:51 p.m.

Firm rallyx on Saturday!  10 sxs signed up and a home-built crosskart!!

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/18/21 9:51 a.m.

Took home the overall at the rallyx. Super fun!  The 4th event of the rallyx series is the same day as the $2k challenge, so that kind of sucks. I'll have to choose the rally to try and close out the season win. 
 

the crosskart wasn't as much of a threat as I thought it might be.  His 2wd, lack of suspension travel, and tire choice were all contributing factors and he was the slowest in class. My closest competition was the RS1 single seater sxs. The driver has a fair bit of racing experience and his machine was very dialed. He had the fastest lap of the day, but of course rally scores using the total time of all stages combined. 



Jonathan Whitaker, who is also a $2k challenger, came out to the rallyx with his YXZ and had a blast!  He made a cool YouTube video to document it as well. 
 

 

thashane
thashane GRM+ Memberand New Reader
5/21/21 7:50 p.m.

In reply to Lof8 - Andy :

Nice work! Wonder if Whitakers radiator is packed with mud, or if a fan override would help

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/21/21 7:57 p.m.

In reply to thashane :

That's possible. They can look clean from the front but have dirt packed on the back side. I think his plan is to buy or build brackets to rear-mount the stock radiator. 

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/22/21 9:23 p.m.

SCCA put on a great one today!  Nice long runs and relatively efficient with the time!


 

 

crankwalk (Forum Supporter)
crankwalk (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/23/21 12:23 p.m.

Nice! That thing was flying.

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/23/21 5:47 p.m.

In reply to crankwalk (Forum Supporter) :

Thanks!  She is quick!

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/1/21 1:58 p.m.

The Florida summer is pretty brutal and the heat and humidity in the shop is nearly unbearable. So, I'm putting in a 3 ton mini split.  I'm hoping it can make a significant difference without adding expensive spray foam insulation. I guess we'll see how it goes. 

and a few more pics from St Lucie 

Greg Voth
Greg Voth Dork
6/3/21 7:37 a.m.

Keep us updated on the AC. My metal building has the batt insulation but I am thinking of putting in a mini split as well. 

Also nice running into you guys at the Gambler. 

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/15/21 7:50 p.m.

In reply to Greg Voth :

Indeed!  Very fun chatting at the Gambler!  
Finally got this mini split all set up and running. It pulls a ton of humidity out of the air.  Before I had the condensate pump hooked up, it could fill a 5 gallon bucket in about 2 hours or so.  It takes about an hour of running full blast before you start to notice much change in temperature and after about 3 hours the interior humidity and temp are significantly more comfortable than outdoors.  I'll just need to think ahead a bit when I plan to do some garage work.  Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the results. It's a 3-ton Lennox unit that I got through an hvac engineer friend.  The unit cost a little over $2k, I did the wiring myself, and paid an hVAC installer $800 to run the copper and charge it up.  I'm sure some spray foam insulation would benefit the efficiency, but I'll see how it goes through the summer and maybe consider some foam next year. 

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/12/21 1:34 p.m.

Been a while since I added any updates.  The last SCCA rallyx was at the Firm.  I usually skip the SCCA firm events because we are relegated to a section of the firm venue that is super smooth and rather small.  There's just no comparison to the events that the firm hosts on their own, and it's a 3 hour tow.  But I was getting antsy for some race action and decided to make the trip.  I coaxed swmbo into it with a night stay in St Augustine Beach before the event.  We stayed in the cargo trailer/camper/hauler conversion thing at the local KOA and brought the bicycles.  We did a little bar hopping on the bikes and had a good time.  Ignore my crazed look in the beach photo!

The sticker collection is growing.

At the Firm, there was a new SXS competitor I had not met before - that's exciting!  I went over and introduced myself.  Turns out we had competed once before at the Gambler 500 HooptieX event.  He had held the top position at the HooptieX event all day until I got back from the trail riding, at the end of the day, and snaked the win from him by just a few seconds.  We had not met that day, but I knew anyone who was within a few seconds of me on that crazy course was no pushover.  He had added a turbo to his Honda Talon since the hooptieX - this was going to be interesting!   Our times were extremely close!  He had me by about a second in each of the (3) morning runs.  I pushed harder in the afternoon and, although I was barely quicker than him in each of the afternoon runs, he still beat me overall.  So, a little disappointed in getting beat, but very happy to have some competition at the SCCA events.  Hopefully he continues to come out!

Last weekend, I was at the Bushnell go kart track doing some laps with my Lemons team and ran into fellow GRM'er and buddy, Tucker (dyintorace on the forum).  He asked if I would be going to the $2000 Challenge this year and I told him my disappointment that it falls on the same day as the last rallyx of the Firm's season series.  Since he lives in Gainesville, he offered to let me store a trailer/vehicle at his place in order to help me compete in both events in the same weekend!  I had not considred that to be an option, but it's now a goal to compete in both the Firm rallyx and the GRM $2000 Challenge in the same weekend!  Should be a fun time!

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/13/21 12:45 p.m.
Lof8 - Andy said:

Last weekend, I was at the Bushnell go kart track doing some laps with my Lemons team and ran into fellow GRM'er and buddy, Tucker (dyintorace on the forum).  He asked if I would be going to the $2000 Challenge this year and I told him my disappointment that it falls on the same day as the last rallyx of the Firm's season series.  Since he lives in Gainesville, he offered to let me store a trailer/vehicle at his place in order to help me compete in both events in the same weekend!  I had not considered that to be an option, but it's now a goal to compete in both the Firm rallyx and the GRM $2000 Challenge in the same weekend!  Should be a fun time!

It was great to see you! And I'm stoked that you're going to do the double. That will be epic!!

thashane
thashane GRM+ Memberand Reader
7/14/21 11:23 p.m.

In reply to Lof8 - Andy :

sounds like a valid justification to turbo...

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/15/21 6:59 a.m.
thashane said:

In reply to Lof8 - Andy :

sounds like a valid justification to turbo...

Lol.  I'm actually really happy with the power it puts down in NA form and I really don't want the added cost, complexity, heat, and driveline stress that comes with a turbo.  I did have my wife riding shotgun with me that day and my tires are definitely not ideal for that smooth slick surface we were running on, but I don't like making excuses.  I just needed to drive a little bit better!! :)

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/18/21 7:15 p.m.

A local racing buddy of mine invited my wife and I to Nashville this weekend to watch the Tony Stewart SRX season finale at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, a track I've never been to.  The race was pretty fun to watch and the facility was unique and historic.  The series is certainly designed around the TV presentation with lots of intentional caution flags to bunch the field, but cool to see a bunch of accomplished racers nonetheless. 

but the real highlight of the weekend for me was finding and exploring the abandoned Riverview Speedway outside Nashville. It's been closed since 2005 and is currently for sale for $599k.  The place was wide open, so I did a few laps with the rental!  
 


the place is really in good shape for having sat so long!  Hopefully someone can save it before it's too far gone.  The banking at this place was incredible!  Way more steep than any other short track I've seen before. 
 

googled image:


 

also collected the Champcar miata from one of my teammates who needed more space at his garage. Hopefully it's racing days are not over - it's been a year and a half or so since this thing has seen any action.  

Petrolburner
Petrolburner Dork
7/19/21 12:37 a.m.

Can't believe that track wasn't all locked up! That had to be a good time in the best race car ever, a rental car.  

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/19/21 7:18 a.m.

In reply to Petrolburner :

Man, the little Chevy Spark was pretty fun to drive!  Not much bigger than a go kart.  The track did have some debris in a few spots and the tiny little all-season tires didn't offer a lot of grip, so I was being cautious not to put the thing in a wall, but it was a total blast ripping a few laps!  The banking was just crazy, almost disorienting after a few laps.  I was almost sure the banking was at least equal to Daytona, but turns out I was wrong on that.  Wife googled 21 degrees at Riverview and 31 at Daytona.

There was some evidence that the track was probably locked up at some point, but there were no signs posted and no locked gates on this day.  Sadly, the structures have seen some vandalization that will make more work for anyone who might buy the property.

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